San Jose-Okayama 60th Sister City Anniversary

From April 21-23, San Jose, California, and Okayama, Japan, celebrated the 60th anniversary of their sister city relationship. Mayor Masao Omori, City Council Chairman Hiroshi Miyatake, and Okayama Chamber of Commerce President Akira Okazaki led a delegation of over 100 people from Okayama to San Jose.
 
Many events were held in honor of this very special occasion including a flag raising ceremony at San Jose City Hall; an ancient ceremonial music and dance performance called Kibi-gaku; a taiko performance by students from Okayama Gakugeikan High School in Hammer Theater Center; and finally, a farewell reception hosted by the City of San Jose. Over 100 San Jose citizens joined each of these events to celebrate this momentous anniversary.
 
Consul General Yamada attended the flag raising ceremony and the farewell reception, and awarded the Consul General’s Commendation to San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities (SJOSC) for their long-standing contributions to California-Japan relations through sister city activities with Okayama.

Consul General Yamada giving brief remarks at the flag raising ceremony

Consul General Yamada standing with Sister Cities International Chairman Tim Quigley

Mayor Omori (left) standing with San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco (right)

Boy Scout Troops 201 and 611 raising the flags of the City of Okayama, the City of San Jose, Japan, and the United States of America

San Jose Taiko giving a performance at the flag raising ceremony

Mayor Omori giving remarks at the farewell reception hosted by the City of San Jose

Mayor Sam Liccardo presenting a proclamation to the delegation from Okayama

Consul General Yamada giving remarks at the farewell reception

Consul General Yamada presenting his Commendation to SJOSC, accepted by President Kathy Sakamoto

Consul General Yamada standing with San Jose Mayor Liccardo

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